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Sodden Hound

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Firstly we should prob figure out the distinctions between all the things termed "spirit".

We got spirits of the afterlives which are the souls of deceased people,

Spirits of the spirit plane which are (mostly/probably) not-deceased spirits and are formed by belief and desire,

And then we have those nymphs/nature spirits like you pointed out, which we have... no idea about?
They're probably just formed by a strongly spiritual person sorta fusing their soul with the local anima of an area through means of ritual and belief and stuff, I think.
And/or minor aspects of the anima manifesting itself, rather than major aspects like Vorago. So sorta like the sea creatures of the East, but weaker?

PS: Did anything come of that VIP question thread, or did none of the lore questions get answered?
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12-Nov-2017 22:16:05 - Last edited on 12-Nov-2017 22:19:24 by Sodden Hound

Sodden Hound

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AesirWarrior said:

You see, according to Lord Amlodd there are two main theories concerning the Spirit Plane. It's either some dream-realm formed by belief, so a Spirit Wolf would be a manifestation of the idea of wolfiness. This is what the Amlodd themselves believe. The other theory is that it's an afterlife for animals/beings of limited intellect.

Now the Ugthanatos book dropped by the Camel Warriors implies that the former theory is true, and that might have been the end of the debate. However, we've since learned that the afterlife is formed by the belief of deceased souls. After that revelation it seems more likely to me that both theories are correct. The Spirit Plane isn't unique in the sense that it can manifest ideas, because that's a trait shared by all afterlives. That being said, not every spirit being is necessarily a deceased animals. A spirit wolf may well be just the idea of wolfiness, but the point is that those ideas are shaped by the dead animals that pass on to the realm. Maybe they're even changed by it.

My main gripe with the theory of the Spirit Plane being an afterlife for lower intellect creatures is that you can summon highly intelligent creatures from it (gorajo, mammoths, unsure about unicorns' and light creatures' level of sentience but probably those too) as well as creatures that definitely wouldn't go there for an afterlife (demons and nihils), so I think the Spirit Plane is probably just like... a layer of existence where anima is shaped by shared beliefs and ideas and desires.
That said, summoning demons and nihils with druidic summoning might be more of a game mechanic thing with lore not applied, since we know the druidic method of summoning is different from the arcane method of summoning (mentioned by Grayzag) where you literally just summon the actual creatures from wherever they are.
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13-Nov-2017 00:34:43 - Last edited on 13-Nov-2017 00:38:36 by Sodden Hound

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